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70th Anniversary of UDHR: Human Rights Day Celebration – Short Film Festival, Discussion and Drama

Dhaka, 9 December 2018: To mark the Human Rights Day and 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations in Bangladesh in association with Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), with support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the German government, organized a two-day long “Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018” from 8 to 9 December 2018 at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium, Dhaka. The theme of the festival is “Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later”.

On 9 December 2018, H.E. Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh, Ms. Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, and Mr. Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, Film maker, Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, Representative of Bangladesh Human Rights Forum, Mr. Aung Rakhine, Film maker, and Rashedul Hafiz, Lifetime Member, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) graced the closing and the award giving ceremony of the film festival. They also joined a panel discussion on “Promoting and protecting human rights through film and other media – celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UDHR” with. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Abdul Quayum, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo.  Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on Human Rights Day – 10 December 2016

hrd-logoAs United Nations Secretary-General over the last decade, I have repeatedly stressed the interdependence of the three pillars of the United Nations — peace, sustainable development and human rights. Together, they form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies rooted in inclusion, justice and the rule of law.

I have also underscored that human rights are at the heart of the work and identity of the United Nations. This understanding is at the core of our Human Rights up Front initiative. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2015

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Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War.

At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States identified four basic freedoms as the birthright of all people: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, joined forces at the United Nations with human rights champions from around the world to enshrine these freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading

Human Rights Based Approach in Policy Formulation Underscores by UN Resident Coordinator, a.i – UNIC Dhaka Celebrates Human Rights Day 2014

1An integrated human rights based approach in policy formulation was underscored by Argentina Matavel Piccin, the UN Resident Coordinator, a.i. in Bangladesh at a seminar organized by United Nations Information Centre  (UNIC Dhaka) jointly with United International University (UIU) and United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB). A Poetry Reading session by eminent poets of the country, followed by musical show, was also arranged in the event at UIU Auditorium in the city on 11 December 2014.

In poetry reading session, noted poets of the country – Asad Chowdhury, Ruby Rahman, Shihab Sarkar and Muhammad Samad – echoed the causes of global human rights in their poems.

In her speech, Ms Argentina highlighted the UN Secretary-General and UN Human Rights Commissioners statements for Human Rights Day 2014. She said youth voice needs to be heard and appropriate use of ICT and social media should be ensured. She asked the young participants to go through the Universal Declaration Human Rights. The Vice Chancellor of UIU Prof. Dr. Rezwan Khan presided over the session while UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman moderated the session. A ‘vote of thank’ is given by the UNYSAB president Mohammad Mamun Mia.

In celebrating the Day, the youngsters also performed a number of songs in the event. Faculties, media, academics, UN officials and youth groups took part in the event. Youtube: youtube